"It is a source of intrinsic pride that we are an ancient people, a nation that has lived on the steppe and in the Carpathian Basin for thousands of years."

"The identification of the remains of our kings of the Árpád dynasty is much more than a scientific curiosity, (...) since

(...) it confirms a whole series of theories about the history of the Hungarians. Knowing the truth also strengthens national consciousness." In the Hungarian Catholic Radio's programme “Magvetés", László Visy interviewed Gábor Horváth-Lugossy, Director General of our Institute, and Miklós Makoldi, Director of the Research Centre for Archaeology, about the identification of the skull relic of St. László in Győr.

Thanks to the non-destructive sampling of the DNA content of the tooth root, carried out at the request and with the permission of the county bishop of Győr, András Veres, it was possible to confirm beyond doubt that the remains of the knight-king have been preserved in the herm. This means that it is now an internationally recognised scientific fact that Hungary, through the Institute of Hungarian Research, has carried out the first identification of a sacred relic in the world. For a thousand years, the Hungarian people faithfully preserved the remains of their holy king, Gábor Horváth-Lugossy stressed.

The verification of the authenticity of the skull of St. László by archaeogenetic analyses was made possible by the research carried out by Prof. Dr Miklós Kásler and his research team, which determined the lineage of the Árpád dynasty, said Miklós Makoldi. The analyses have also revealed that the knight-king is closest to the genome that is only and exclusively characteristic of the Hungarian conquerors. The genetic pattern of Saint László is dominated by the conquest-era character also typical of Árpád’s Hungarians.

 It has now become clear that the Asian Huns are the ancestors of the European Huns and the Hungarians. Having been born into the six thousand year old bow-drawing culture of the Huns, Scythians and Puszta peoples, we need to maintain this culture for at least another six thousand years," Miklós Makoldi emphasised.


Gábor Horváth-Lugossy described the support of Antal Spányi, Bishop of the Diocese of Székesfehérvár, to the ossuary research in Székesfehérvár aimed at the identification of the kings of the Turul clan and the mixed houses of kings as a noble cooperation between the Church and our Institute that performs scientific research in the service of the nation. The Director General said that these results, such as the now proven axiom of the Hun-Avar-Hungarian kinship, which has been accepted by international science, or the research on the identification of the genetics of the Hunyadi family, will be made available to the general public through the thematization of contemporary Hungarian historiography, so that our nation can build on this knowledge to reinforce itself and all the Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin.